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journey that is somehow emotional or psychological, shut up. a journey requires actual movement, back pack and the potential for getting leeches in your underwear. >> dana: ryan gosling is talking about a journey -- >> greg: that is why he is always showing up late. >> kimberly: crowded at your place. >> eric: roll the video from a couple of weeks ago. march 9 was the date. remember this play, the hooters girl get in way of live play and no idea she did something wrong? throws it to a fan. guess what happened tuesday night in take a look. watch. >> juan francisco for the braves. he is pretty hot. over the last fur or five games. dominic brown is right there in the mix. just as the ball girl was right in the mix of that play. down the left field line. i don't think she knows where everything -- what is going out on the diamond.
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>> kimberly: love it. >> dana: what is she supposed to be doing? >> kimberly: i don't know. >> eric: she is like what? what? >> kimberly: why is she sitting there? what is the purpose of having her sit there? >> eric: the foul ball. >> kimberly: she shagged a foul ball, right? >> eric: yeah. uh-huh. >> kimberly: all right. >> dana: so, you know, dating in washington, d.c., is not the easiest thing to do. there is a new app called the hinge app. dating app. bob, you might find this interesting. they put out a list of where the best looking workforce in washington, d.c., is. number two on the list, united senate. not talking senators but staffers. ladies that watch the show, you might want to head on over. >> bob: bob's house. >> eric: fox news. >> greg: definitely. >> kimberly: bob, you are up. >> bob: my favorite author and i think up with of america's because he sells so much, harlan colenad has a new book out. iial you to buy it.
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they will turn in a movie. hugh jackman will be cast in the lead. "six years." coben can write. he is brilliant. >> kimberly: is thatco authored by greg gutfeld? that is it for "the five." thank you for watching. see you here tomorrow. ♪ ♪ >> bret: is president obama really ready to go to war over iran's nuclear program? one israeli leader says the u.s. is not chicken. this is "special report." ♪ ♪ >> bret: good evening. i'm bret baier. from the israeli government perspective, a country living with the threat of a nuclear iran possibly. president obama said the right things. during his visit about making sure iran does not get a nuclear weapon. at least one israeli leader is convinced if push comes to shove and military action is
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needed, the u.s. will be right alongside israel. amid the talk of war, though, the president is also pushing for peace between israelis and palestinians. that effort take a different tone on a specific issue today. chief white house correspondent ed henry is traveling with the president and reports from jerusalem. >> president obama spent a second day in jerusalem showing he is mending fences with israeli leaders to get upclose look at the dead sea scrolls and later trying to go around the leaders to appeal to the young people of israel to talk up peace. >> look to a future in which jews and muslims and christians can all live in peace and greater prosperity in this holy land. >> while also holding out the threat of war. again, vowing that the u.s. will have israel's back. by threatening possible military hip hop action military action against iran.
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>> all options are on the table. we will do what we must to prevent nuclear armed iraq. >> one day after talks with obama, perez agreed to exclusive interview with fox news and declared he beliefs his american counterpart is prepared to bomb iran if necessary. >> america is really looking for peace. but if somebody threatens peace, america is playing chicken. >> reporter: they hosted mr. obama for state dinner. he told fox from his experience, american president do not announce things by accident. >> they are very careful with their words because they have to keep the community. >> that could be a way to gently prod mr. obama to follow up on the talk with action. just as prime minister benjamin netanyahu appeared to do earlier on this trip. >> i'm absolutely convinced that the president determined to prevent iran from getting nuclear weapons. i appreciate that. >> it comes at a time when the stakes could not be any
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higher. with iran supreme leader today threatening to wipe two israeli cities off the map. if israel attacks first. >> they should know if they make this mistake, the islamic republic will raise tel aviv and haifa to the ground. >> israel was facing new threats from palestinian extremists, with four rockets raining down on the city. where mr. obama visited as a candidate in 2008. the roberts were fired from the hamas -- the rockets were fired from the hamas-controlled gaza strip, hours before mr. obama headed to the west bank to visit with palestinian president mahmoud abbas. yet on a trip that started with white house officials trying hard to lower expectations, mr. obama appeared to raise them. by suggesting that both sides could come back to the table. >> i absolutely believe it's still possible. but i think it's very difficult. if we can get direct negotiations started again, i
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believe that the shape of a potential deal is there. >> abbas pointed to a major sticking point for palestinians. settlements in the israeli occupied west bank. >> translator: many palestinians when they see settlements everywhere in the west bank, and i don't know who gave israel that right. they do not trust the two-state solution or vision anymore. >> while mr. obama called short to calling for halt of israeli settles, perez had a warning. when they pull the settlement from gaza, extremists moved in and that could play out again. >> they say initially the west bank may be repeated what happened in gaza. >> in the speech to mostly students the president urged israelis to put themselveses in the shoes of palestinians for the sake of achieving peace. although, there was an unscripted moment. when he was interrupted by protests, including a young palestinian who felt the
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president was signing too much with -- siding too much with israel. >> that this is part of the lively debate that we talked about. this is good. [ applause ] >> meanwhile, the president tonight facing new pressure on another hot spot in this region, syria. senators john mccain and carl levin firing off a letter to urge steps to stop the slaughter saying, "we believe there are credible options at your disposal, included limited military options that would require neither putting u.s. troops on the ground nor acting unilaterally." the senators say it includes prevision airstrikes that could take out president assad's aircraft power and talk about more robust aid to the opposition. significant, of course, carl levi? a democrat. >> bret: ed henry traveling with the president in jerusalem. thank you. explosion at a mosque in damascus left 42 people dead. syrian t is calling at it terrorist suicide blast. among the dead, senior pro-government muslim cleric. let's get some insight now on
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the syria situation and other foreign policy challenges. joining me tonight is the chairman of the house intelligence committee, congressman mike rogers. mr. chairman, thank you for being here. >> thank you for having me. >> bret: let's start in syria. what do we know about the possibility of chemical weapons being used there? >> if you take the whole body of work, from the intelligence reports over the last two years, i believe it's highly probable that chemical weapons were used at least in some small amounts in syria. which is in violation of the chemical weapons convention. >> bret: now, foreign policy magazine, they have this quote. syrian support group, s.s.g., the only american organization licensed by the u.s. government to send money directly to the fsa, which is on the ground in syria, issued a press release yesterday claiming the gas that killed civilians in separate instances, two separate instances near me das cuss was a chemical agent similarlant
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found -- schismlant found in pesticide. it causes similar effects like muscle, nerve, respiratory death. >> do you believe it's the indication? >> i don't have physical proof saying that is the exact agent but we run down a dangerous road if we start to parse the meaning of what we know they have, what i believe they have the intention to use and what has clearly been used within that total body of information. intelligence reports that i have received have been syria. you have a deteriorating situation on the ground. you have al-qaeda there. hezbollah there. we think hamas elements there. we know they have expressed a desire to get their hands on chemical weapons and more sophisticated weapons. this is a disaster that has happened for 70,000 syrians, and could be brought in to the whole wider middle east,
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southern europe. that is a huge problem. i think that is why the democrats and republicans are growing in chorus and saying we need to do something. not talking about huge military intervention, but there are capabilities we have that could impact the outcome. >> bret: you mentioner if reason sick evidence. is the u.s. trying to get forensic evidence? >> clearly, you want -- as an old f.b.i. guy, you want as much as you can get. if you can get forensic evidence that says for sure and for certain this is the chemical compound they use, that is great. there is a bunch of other information we can obtain that would lead to us a solid conclusion about the chemical weapons. >> bret: ambassador condoleezzsusanrice had the u.nn and do the investigation or help in the investigation. are we outsourcing that? >> well, we should not. there are things that rise above our ability to have a veto from some outside country. you have 70,000 deaths already. you have a government we believe and we had solid information. by the way, national community
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believes has chemical weapon and put them on position to be used on short notice. i believe there is a high probability has been used with the whole body over the last two years. that ought to be enough for us to stop the wholesale slaughter of innocent civilians when it comes to the use of semicall weapo weapon --e of chemical weapons and deteriorating security situation that is a risk to the united states. >> bret: you know what people say. we heard this in iraq. is this the real deal? are we sure? does it fall under the chemical weapons convention of '93? are these actual weapons, or -- is this real is what people will say? >> the whole international community, there is no dispute abouabout them having it. >> bret: there wasn't about iraq either. >> that rises above the evidentiary stap dard number one. number two, here is why we ought to be concerned about all of this. if everybody agrees, including the syrians and the opposition and the united states and
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others that say we have the chemical weapons. we have a good number of sites, more than a dozen. we have all of these sophisticated conventionm weapons, you have the al-qaeda groups in trying to get their hands on them. hezbollah trying to get the hands on them. this is a powder keg. this makes what happened in libya with their weapons that spread across the northern africa and i argue mali was the first victim of weapons that escaped after libya, after that event. these weapons make libya look like antique gun show. >> do you think we are going down the road of parsing what a chemical weapon is? do you sense that the administration is going to start saying well, that is not technically a chemical weapon, just an agent that -- is that where we are heading? >> i hope not. we have a large body of reports over two again, i believe when you take the totality of all of those reports and there are must want approximately instances, multiple sources of information, led both dianne feinstein and myself and
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others, and now you see carl levin and john mccain, republicans and democrats joining together saying this is serious. this has serious national security consequences. not time to parse words. time to step up. not talking about the full scale military, 101st airborne intervention. we have small unit capabilities that could bring credibility to the opposition, back to the united states. which we don't have today. reengage our allies in the arab league, which we don't have today. and in theory, you get that credibility back. you show definitive force to disrupt the capabilities to deliver chemical weapons and you might get a diplomatic solution. currently, we don't have that option. >> bret: going to hit a hard break here soon. today, republicans met to talk about benghazi. is this investigation moving forward, people are frustrated. are survivors going be subpoenaed? >> well, i would argue, use a subpoena only when you have to. there are new reports recently of individuals who want to come forward and provide
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information. speaker of the house can lean all of the committee -- convene all the committees today to fill in the gaps so we know what is missing. and both the senate and the house. i thought that was a brilliant move by the speaker of the house. he is committed to this. i'm committed to where my jurisdiction is. so are the other committee chairmen. at the end of the day, we want a fact-based, let the facts take us where it leads no, matter that is so we can get an honest answer to the american people. >> bret: when senator graham says to the house republicans you have to up your game on benghazi, you are saying it's there. >> we have got lots of investigation going on. we have. there are a few gaps. what we saw today was the senate and the house comparing notes what about gaps are missing. what questions still need to be asked. and i thought in the next few weeks we are going to have a very, very complete picture that i think americans can look at and know it's not -- this is not a partisan thing. this is a fact-based
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investigation that gets us the answers that not only the victims and the families deserve, but i think the american people deserve as well. >> bret: mr. chairman. thank you very much. welcome back anytime. >> thank you, bret. >> bret: still ahead -- the government of cyprus has four days or else. up next, did republicans and democrats agree to keep the u.s. government open past the end of the month? we'll tell you. arrival. with hertz gold plus rewards, you skip the counters, the lines, and the paperwork. zap. it's our fastest and easiest way to get you into your car. it's just another way you'll be traveling at the speed of hertz.
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are now powering some of america's biggest cities. siemens. answers. >> bret: there will not be a government shutdown at the end of the month. tonight while the battle over the budget goes on, lawmakers were able to agree on something today. >> the house overwhelmingly passed senate version of continuing resolution, 318-109 to fund the government through september. it keeps the sequester in tact but avoids meat inspection problem and save tuition grant for active duty military.
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up like recent fiscal battles this was relatively trauma-free almost week ahead of the deadline. the public fight was over the budget. >> the stanford economy looked at the budget and said 500,000 jobs right away. this plan will protect and strengthen medicare. it begips, yes, by repealing obama care. >> the resolution passed 221 221-207. with ten republicans an all democrats voting against it. >> this is an uncompromising ideological approach to our budget issues. this also fails the test of taking a balanced approach. >> the senate is planning to vote on the ryan blueprint to hold republican feet to the fire. >> it was crafted by a hard right group in the house. and most republicans would rather run away from it. we saw that happen during the presidential campaign. we're not going to let them
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run. >> senate democrats favor budget chair patty murray's plan to raise taxes, increase spending and never come to balance. top republicans say it doesn't add up. >> that means more debt. fewer jobs. frankly much higher taxes from the american people. we certainly hope that the president will change his mind and submit a plan that actually balances the budget. >> the senate plans to vote on the dueling plans and a whole series of amendments tomorrow. democrats say they favor a balanceed approach and republicans say they back a budget. >> bret: mike emanuel live on the hill. dow lost 90. s&p 500 dropped 13. the nasdaq fell 32. cyprus is officially on the clock. european bankers have given cyprus four days to come up with a new plan to avoid bankruptcy. senior foreign affairs greg palkot tells us what the hurry is. >> anger outside of the cyprus parliament. bank employees are worried
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they will lose their job. the both would take measure to consolidate the troubled cypriot financial failure to protect the smaller deposito depositors, said to be part of plan "b" to contribute to multibillion dollar bail out by the country. >> there is only one tactic. to save our economy and our country. >> the original plan for cyprus to tap in private bank account. it was nixed by officials after widespread outrage. a new approach includes a solidarity fund reportedly based on state assets including pension funds. the european union is worried that problems will spread and cut support by monday if cyprus doesn't deliver. >> i think there is definitely a systemic risk and i think that the unrest of the last couple of days has proven this. >> the cypriot officials were also trying to get money out of moscow. russian investors are big players insy produce. russian prime minister medvedev is not pleased.
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"offer to solve their financial problems leave us wondering, inconsistent." he said things got more desperate in the mediterranean island nation. banks are closed until tuesday. some atm withdrawals are limited. many credit cards don't work and a run on gas and other supplies. >> it's hard to accept checks or visas. preferably cash, but everyone is trying to save their cash. >> the parliament in cyprus met and will continue to debating more of the details of the crucial plan "b" on friday. bret? >> bret: greg palkot in london. greg, thank you. next, what have we learned three years in to obamacare? what's droid-smart ? with google now, it automatically knows
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>> bret: democrat governor andrew cuomo wants to ease restriction option his just passed gun control law. the measure been as the sale of gun magazining holding less than seven bullets. he says it's unworkable since there is no seven rounds of magazine. so he wants a sale of clips holding up to ten rounds but forbid them from loading more than seven bullets in to them. meanwhile, also in new york, vice president biden today pledged to keep fighting for an assault weapons ban, even though fellow democrat harry reid is moving a bill forward without him. president obama's healthcare reform law turns three years old saturday. tonight, chief national correspondent jim angle tells us what we have seen so far. >> though obamacare opportunity fully take effect until january, parts of it are already in place, supporters, of course, point to the benefits.
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>> already more than 3 million young americans gain coverage through their parent's plan. preventive coverage free for tens of million of americans. >> children now have coverage. february they have a preexisting condition, children can stay on the parents' plan until age 26. >> obamacare offers everything from free contraceptives to free preventative services for all ages. but many argue nothing is free. there will be more than a trillion in new taxes over the next ten yearsch even so, new benefits such as free preventive care some at a cost to someone. >> having the cost covered for the patient of mammogram is good but if the reimbursement to facilities is below cost facilities and doctors won't provide the services. >> whole host of new regulatory and compliance requirements that all add to the cost of healthcare coverage. >> in fact, regulation thatgone how obamacare will be implemented have been pouring out. >> there has been 17,000 pages of regulations issued so far.
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i don't think anybody knows exactly what is in all of them. >> most of what is going to happen is not written in the legislation. it is up to the discretion of the obama administration. >> all of that is creating uncertainty that the federal reserve found discouraging companies from hiring. others are cutting employees' hours to avoid government mandates. >> obamacare as a healthcare issue may in fact become secondary to obamacare as a jobs issue. >> fox news poll released this week finds that 55% want the law repealed in part or in its entirety. while 40% want to leave it as is or expand it. the problems of obamacare was almost universal insurance but the congressional budget office is now saying many will still be left out. >> they announced recently that the uninsured rate will be 44 million in 2014, even as the law is implemented. >> the total cost of the lawsuit for 2023 is $1 $1.3 trillion. several democrats joined republicans to roll back tax on medical devices and others
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want more sweeping changes to include the outright repeal of the law before next january. >> bret: more on this with the panel. thank you. the next story is not for the swiechish -- squeamish. abortion doctor is accused of killing babies after birth. again, some of this report are graphic and disturbing. >> grisly testimony this week at the trial of the 72-year-old dr. kermit gosnell who faces the death penalty in pennsylvania if convicted of murdering babies born alive in abortions at his west philadelphia clinic. up with of his medical assistants testified that the doctor instructed her to "snip" the spinal cord of at least ten babies after they were out of the womb. adrian told the jury she measured one baby whom she thought could have survived and estimated the gestational age to be around seven months. pennsylvania allows abortion up to six months of pregnancy.
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she testified the doctor joked one of the largest size aborted babies could have walked to the bus stop. defense attorney counters that the abortions were legal, there is no physical evidence the babies cried or moved after they were out of the mother. as other witnesses alleged. and that they all died in the womb after a drug was injected to cause an abortion. some call the case horrifying and say it should push lawmakers to look again at late-term abortion laws. >> why is it okay that these babies can have the lives ended if only when it takes place in the womb? >> the national abortion federation counters that, "this particular facility in philadelphia is an outlier and not typical of the high-quality abortion care provided by the majority of abortion providers in this country." a constitutional lawyer who advocated against pearial birth abortion says no matter what state law says about abortions, doctors cannot kill
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a born alive. >> under federal law under the born alive infant protection act, that child is a person and entitled to all protections of federal law. >> a couple of states are putting more restrictions on early and late-term abortions. arkansas has outlawed them after three months. and north dakota is awaiting the governor signature on a law outlawing them after a baby's heartbeat is detected sometimes as early as six weeks. >> bret: we'll follow the trial. molly, thank you. no grapevine tonight so we can bring you the final part of rick leventhal's series of the tenth anniversary of the u.s. invasion in iraq. up next, when things don't go as planned after the war. [ male announcer ] how do you measure happiness?
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>> bret: all this week we are looking at the tenth anniversary of the u.s. invation of iraq. public opinion whether the world is safer because of it remained virtually unchanged the last few years. tonight we close with the story of a man who paveed the way in the war. yet has been unable to find his way back home. rick leventhal. >> with marines with the third battalion rolled in iraq in 2003, corporate king was one of the men behind the wheel. king drove in some of the worst conditions imaginable. through burning oil fields.
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blistering hot sand. incoming fire. king's first chance to relax was in a blinding sand storm. >> what do you think of this weather? >> it's pretty crappy. >> can you drive in this? >> probably. >> five years after the war we found king struggling in watertown, new york. >> everything that i heard, everybody wants to hire military veterans. i mean, can't find a better worker. >> yeah. >> but it turned out the different than that. >> king left the marines and joined the army but was discharged for failure to cope. he lost his temper and dream job as police cadet. lost the house to bankruptcy and lost his daughter ma san antonio man that who died after being left alone in a bathtub. the state took custody of his two other girls. >> i'm stuck in the same place, still. >> times are still tough for king. living in michigan city, indiana, unemployed despite going to school for his trucker's license. >> you applied for 50 driving jobs. >> thereabout.
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>> and they were desperate for drivers? >> a lot of them, yeah. >> none of them would hire you? >> no. >> getting a license wasn't a problem? >> no. i got the license. it passed my physical. but, you have to disclose everything on your physical. >> king says the medication for post traumatic stress disorder is the reason he can't get hired. king and his wife amy regained custody of their girls and he is studying for a career in computers, despite his channels he says he doesn't rebret his service. >> do you miss the military? >> oh, yeah. >> what do you miss most? >> just mostly the sense of belonging somewhere. >> jason king says he is determined to succeed and provide for his family. the channelers are a remind they're -- the challengers are a reminder sometimes the wounds of war are hidden from view. >> bret: great series all week. covering the pentagon from day one of this war, i traveled to iraq 1 12 times.
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it saw a lot of things change over -- i saw a lot of things change over that time. it wasn't there from the very start. i watched from inside the pentagon as you went in. as you finish this series your reflection personally ten years later? >> it was an exhausting journey. a very, very difficult assignment. and i gained so much respect for the marines and the other service members who were over there doing the real tough work. it was just a grueling, dirty, very, very strenuous time. in talking to these guys, catching up with them, what i was really impressed with is how all of them, even with issues they may have developed with the war, none of them regretted their service. all of them were proud of the work they did. and it was an honor to be there with them and watch them work. >> bret: yeah. we should be proud of them. rick, thanks. nice job. >> thank you. >> bret: a federal appeals court is threatening sanctions, against the veterans administration over
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>> the core issue right now is how do we get sovereignty for the palestinian people and how do we assure security for the israeli people? that is the essence of this negotiation. that is not to say that settlements are not important. it is to say if we solve those two problems, settlement problem will be solved. i don't want to put the cart before the horse. >> president obama meeting with the palestinians today. he has talked about iran. he talked about peace in israel. and today, dealt with the settlement issue. a number of different ways. but he changed. he changed his tone. essentially undercutting palestinians' arguement that the settlement issue has to be resolved before negotiations resume. at least it sounded like that. bring in our panel. steve hayes, senior writer for the "weekly standard." juan williams, columnist with the hill. syndicated columnist charles krauthammer. he didn't say unconditional
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negotiations. it sounded like he was headed that way. >> as the statement you just showed one of the most important ever made by a president of the united states about arab-israeli peace. what essentially you said to the palestinians and the world is settlements are a problem. but the main issue is israeli security and palestinian statehood. if you can achieve that. in other words, if you get peace between palestinian state and jewish state you draw the line. everybody understands when the line is drawn between the territories, israeli settlements -- the israeli settlement on the palestinian side will all be evacuated. so he is saying the problem will be solved if there is a peace agreement. it's not an obstacle. because as in gaza, all the settlements were removed. there will not be settlements or jews on the palestinian side of the line. this is a way to truly
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undercut the palestinian argument. and this is what abbas has been now saying for all of obama's first term. i cannot negotiate unless there is a change in settlement. obama understands today as he did not at the beginning of his term, it's a ruse. he wants to negotiate and he is saying to the palestinians the ball is in your court. no preconditions. you can start right now and you should. that is a major change in position. >> bret: we don't know, juan, is if privately president obama is pushing prime minister netanyahu for a construction freeze of settlements in palestinian territory. we don't know that. but this is different from the first part of the first term of president obama when it was a preseason. >> i don't know if it was explicitly precondition, he was going to stop settlement from growing to look at the idea of pulling back in the course of the israeli position pulled back previously and not
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brought good. and in terms of the negotiation or the safety or security, which is paramount to israelis. the president now as you suggested might be pushing and interimly and making it clear to the young people in israel as he spoke today what he wants and what he can envision is security for israel. along with a two-state solution that allows sovereignty. in the course of doing that, he is putting the settlement issue in second place. this allows both sides added degree of security. there are many on the arab side that view this as the president now being too pro israel. >> bret: previously, let's be clear. he called settlement illegitimate. abbas said they are illegal. trying to say wait a second.
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>> it's a matter of sequencing. the priest position is settlements first. now the position as charles suggest is settlement second or later. take care of themselves. the second is in the speech when he is going over and ensure the youth, like the american youth on his own behalf and political benefit in the case of the united states to help them win election. he was saying your political leaders respects going to take the risks unless you push them and force them to take risks. it was an interesting play. particularly coming as it did after what he said in the press conference. >> bret: i would attribute that to rhetoric. look, obama understands that with what is happening around israel, egypt in hands of the brotherhood, rockets landing today from gaza, chemical
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weapons probably loose in syria. hezbollah on the northern border. and iran today announcing it would destroy tel aviv if there is an israeli attack. in that kind of uncertainty and hostility, no way they could be asks to take risks today. number one priority is iran, number two is syria. >> bret: last thing on iran. he reiterated iran must not get a nuclear weapon. and cannot be contained. peres said america is looking for peace but if somebody threatens peace america is not a chicken. >> this whole conversation, i don't see thissed are call shift that you are portraying. israel go beyond the border and occupy other's hands i
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think a lot of people thought what illegitimate -- >> that is not what he said today. >> he said he doesn't view them as a central obstacle to peace. before. softer line than he >> softener saying let's not focus where we disagree. in terps of iran i don't think there has been an argument that the united states is very clear the united states will not tolerate iran having nuclear weapons. >> it's on the peace process. i'm not sure he sees the sequencing the way we do. iran, syria and the peace process. >> bret: much more talk of this. up next, obama care turns three years old. today is gonna be an important day for us. you ready? we wanna be our brother's keeper. what's number two we wanna do?
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two years ago, this coming saturday, was an historic time in this country and in the world, actually, because the affordable care act passed. it was the greatest single step in generations to help american people. >> 17,000 pages of regulation issued so far. i don't think anybody knows what is in all of them. >> it's amazing how much authority the department of health and human services has to make it up as they go along. most of what is going to happen was not written in the legislation. it's up to the discretion of the obama administration. >> bret: obamacare turns three on saturday. if you look at the polling on the healthcare law, you will see that a total of 55 p.c.,
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if you add them up, 55% want the law repealed in part or in its entirety. and 40% want to leave it as-is or expand it. obamacare three years later. back with the panel. steve? >> certainly, it's the case what the president promised is not what we are actually seeing right now. yes, there is expanded coverage. the idea that the obama care would be deficit-neutral and control costs i think has turned out to be a charade. if you look at the longer term projections it looks especially more unlikely today than it did when they were engaged in the budget that allowed it to pass. what i think is interesting on the political side is how republicans are treating the issue right now. there is a debate inside the republican party whether it's wise to continue talking about obamacare. on one hand you have a group that says in effect this is over, this is done, we should tweak it, try to improve it, do what we can. let's not focus op it because it's in the past and
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discussion of aweer thety. on the other hand people think talk about it all the time because implementation is proving difficult and it will be more difficult as we go along to the republicans' benefit. >> bret: the second group of republicans believe the thing could crater. it could just not work. >> correct. that is a possibility. i think that the comment we just heard, there are thousands of pages of regulation that people haven't read is true. i don't care if you're a democrat or republican that is a fact. there is a lot of mystery there. let me say from the political standpoint what you see is democrats harry reid there talking about that is a generation accomplishment. you can go to harry truman and come forward, presidents over the years, republicans and democrats all sought a way to offer universal healthcare in the country. president obama accomplished it. 80% ofropes are in opposition to the affordable healthcare act and pretty close high 70-80s% of democrats are in support of it. we had an election and didn't play out as a major issue
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given mitt romney had a similar plan in massachusetts. when you look at it today you really have to compare, especially given what steve is saying the status quo, which is it's a huge burden on individuals, families and corporate america as it stands now, healthcare costs, versus trying to implement something that is intended to reduce those costs. >> bret: i guess when you hear doctors who are opposed to obama care, or concerned about it. they talk about the $18 million added to medicaid and they talk about it already, doctor shortage and that underpayment for medicare already happens. if you think there is a shortage now, just wait until this thing kicks in in 2014. i guess that is the biggest thing you hear. >> and it points to the distinction between health insurance and real healthcare. you could have sham health insurance, a lot of americans will get. but if you don't a doctor, if doctors refuse to treat because of the payment
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schedules that are obscenely low that no doctor will take. already today, the medicare patients are turned away from a lot of doctors. if that is widespread there will be no real care. other thank emerging is that those of white house claimed early on it was nationalizing the healthcare, though it's disguiseed as still a private system, we are right. there will be hundreds of thousands of regulation, obscure, arcane, written by the cure cats only understood by them. and administered. and the waivers. tall hands in both and abtrer one. people will discover a system run out of washington and not a private system. if they go that way go the way of the brittish to honestly, simply own it instead of a
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pretend private healthcare system. >> bret: down the row is obamacare major issue in 2014 elections? >> absolutely. it will hurt the democrats. >> no. it wasn't an issue in the big election where his name was on the ballot. >> id hasn't been imple -- it hadn't been implemented yet. >> and mitt romney. it will be a huge issue. republicans are making a mistake if they don't campaign on it extensively. >> bret: that is his line. stay tuned for a big start for a new team. license and registration please. what's this? uhh, it's my geico insurance id card, sir. it's digital, uh, pretty cool right? maybe. you know why i pulled you over today? because i'm a pig driving a convertible? tail light's out.. fix it. digital insurance id cards. just a click away with the geico mobile app.
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